Launch of NCL Low-Calorie Diet Programme Pilot planned for October

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A new digitally delivered low-calorie diet service for people with Type 2 diabetes will be launching across NCL in October 2020. As part of a two-year pilot, NCL is one of ten sites across England that will be rolling out the service with 500 places available.

The NCL service, offered by ICS Health & Wellbeing, will provide a one-year programme to support healthier lifestyle, weight loss and remission of Type 2 diabetes. The programme is based on two large studies which showed that, as a result of low-calorie diet treatment, people living with Type 2 diabetes who were overweight could improve their diabetes control, reduce diabetes-related medication and even achieve remission.

Programme objectives

  • reduction in weight of service users and maintenance of weight loss achieved
  • achievement of remission of Type 2 diabetes
  • reduced HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol
  • reduction of medication

Programme overview

The one-year programme consists of 12 weeks of low-calorie total diet replacement (products provided by ICS) followed by reintroducing food, focusing on movement and maintaining a new healthy eating lifestyle.

The unique programme: 

  • combines specialist nutrition, psychology and physical activity
  • supports rapid weight loss and long-term behaviour change
  • delivered entirely remotely via our app, with supporting resources and 1-2-1 telephone coaching
  • supported by GPs, practice nurses, diabetes practitioners, dietitians, clinical psychologists and exercise specialists  


Referrals to the service will be made from primary care. Practices may choose to make referrals and engage with the service at a PCN level. Eligibility searches will be made available on practice clinical systems to support identification of appropriate patients. All patients who are referred, must be engaged and committed to taking part in the 12-month programme. 

Some practices may have already been contacted by interested patients. It is recommended to get back in touch with engaged patients to discuss the service after launch. 

There are limited programme places across NCL (500), so to ensure equity of access for patients, referrals per practice will be limited. A low-calorie diet patient allocation profile will be provided per practice.


Back-filled virtual training sessions will be provided for GP practices in October and November to introduce the new service and explain the required medication changes that must be agreed prior to patients starting the programme.

The training will include:

  • an introduction to the service 
  • eligibility criteria, proposed identification of engaged patients
  • medication changes 
  • referral process
  • feedback of patient progress and updates to primary care 

The sessions should be attended by at least one health-care professional from each practice, ideally with an interest in diabetes. A list of training dates and how to book onto a session will be provided shortly.

If you have any queries at this stage, please contact Sazia Rawat, e: or Pricilla Aboagye, e:

See the service:

NCL Low-Calorie Diet Programme for Type 2 Diabetes

A low-calorie diet service for people with Type 2 diabetes
Expiry date: Jan 31st, 2021